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Research and Creative Activities are a cornerstone of academic life at Buffalo State and the School of Arts and Sciences has an important role to play. The two largest externally-funded research centers are housed in the School. The Great Lakes Center is an institute of researchers and educators at SUNY Buffalo State dedicated to investigating the ecology of the Great Lakes and their tributaries. The Institute for Community Health Promotion focuses on the health and well-being of individuals—as well as larger communities—through the development and implementation of research and programming. Graduate student researchers also have opportunities to work with faculty on research theses and projects through one of our graduate programs.
As an institution, Buffalo State values undergraduate research and creative activities. The university backs its commitment by putting substantial financial resources behind faculty-mentored undergraduate research. The Undergraduate Research Office promotes, supports, and funds undergraduate research in all academic areas. Between 300 and 400 students present their research through posters, oral presentations, and performances each year at the Student Research and Creativity Conference. They also compete for Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships, which support eight weeks of paid research activity.
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